Twenty eight ladies braved the blustery conditions at Ifield Golf Club on Friday for the annual Veterans’ Championship. This is the first year that the Championship has been run as a standalone event and the number of entries demonstrated that this change has been well received. The competition was reduced from 27 to 18 holes this year due to Covid 19 but next year we plan to revert to the full 27 holes.

The competition to be this year’s Veterans’ Champion – the player with the highest stableford score off scratch – was closely fought, with seven players within one shot of the winning score. With a total of 23 gross stableford points the Champion was Alison Lush (Nevill Golf Club) beating Penny Gaunt (Cottesmore Golf Club) on countback. The winners Trophy and the runner up Salver will be presented later this year.

There was a clear winner for the 1st prize off handicap. Former County President Jenny Tate (Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club) proved that she is still a great competitor on the golf course with a steady 36 points – a very creditable performance with standard scratch increasing by 2 shots.  With players only able to win one prize, there was close competition for the 2nd handicap prize, with another former County President, Judy Roberts (Piltdown Golf Club) beating Kay Grindell and Mandy Quick on count back.

The full results can be seen by clicking on the following link.

We are extremely grateful to Ifield Golf Club for hosting the Championship this year – thanks are due to the office, the pro-shop and the catering staff for their support to enable the event to run smoothly in a covid secure way. Thanks also to the greenkeeping staff for presenting the course in good condition, despite the challenging weather. Jenny Lavery, Ifield Ladies’ secretary and her team of ball spotters were much appreciated by the competitors.

A final thank you to everyone who entered this event – seeing ladies from many different clubs enjoying an event whilst maintaining social distancing made for a very pleasurable day.